Pavano, Twins open Target Field with a win
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are 1-0 in their new home.
A sellout crowd of 38,145 -- the team also issued 1,570 complimentary tickets -- began filling the stands 3½ hours before the first pitch by Pavano (2-0), who struck out four and allowed only five base-runners for the Twins (6-2).
Michael Cuddyer and Kubel each had an RBI single in the first inning. Joe Mauer sliced an RBI double down the left-field line in the second. David Ortiz had an RBI double in the top of the fourth to pull Boston within 3-1, but Mauer pushed the lead back to three with an infield single in the bottom half.
Then, Kubel blasted the first regular-season home run in Target Field history -- a 391-foot blast to right field on a 2-2 pitch from reliever Scott Atchinson leading off the top of the seventh inning.
Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly brought in Jeremy Hermida in the top of the eighth, but that was it for Boston (3-4). Jon Rauch worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.
Tuesday is an off day. Right-handers Kevin Slowey (1-0, 1.69) and John Lackey (0-0, 0.00) will square off on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.